'1Did I not choose them from all the tribes of Israel to be My priests, to go up to My altar, to burnincense, to carry an ephodbefore Me; and did I not 2give to the house of your fatherall the fire offerings of the sons of Israel ?
29'Why do you 3kick at My sacrifice and at My offering4which I have commanded in My 5dwelling, and 6honor your sonsabove Me, by making yourselves fat with the achoicest of everyoffering of My peopleIsrael ?'
30"Therefore the LORDGod of Israeldeclares, '7I did indeedsay that your house and the house of your father should walkbefore Me forever '; but now the LORDdeclares, 'Far be it from Me-for 8those who honor Me I will honor, and those 9who despise Me will be lightlyesteemed.
31'Behold, 10the days are coming when I will break your bstrength and the cstrength of your father'shouseso that there will not be an oldman in your house.
'You will see11the distress of My dwelling, in spite of all the good that dI do for Israel ; and an 12oldman will not be in your houseforever .
'Yet I will not cutoffeveryman of yours from My altareso that your eyes will fail from weeping and your soulgrieve, and all the increase of your house will diefin the prime of life.
34'This will be 13the sign to you which will comeconcerning your twosons, Hophni and Phinehas : 14on the samedayboth of them will die.
'But 15I will raise up for Myself a faithfulpriest who will do according to what is in My heart and in My soul ; and 16I will build him an enduringhouse, and he will walkbefore17My anointedalways .
36'Everyone who is left in your house will come and bowdown to him for a gpiece of silver or a loaf of bread and say, "Pleasehassign me to one of the priest'soffices so that I may eat a piece of bread.""'